In a heartwarming initiative, media mogul Oprah Winfrey and Hollywood superstar Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson have joined forces to launch a recovery fund for those who lost their homes in the devastating Maui wildfires.
This philanthropic endeavor was officially unveiled in a video shared on their Instagram accounts, where they announced their personal donation of $10 million to kickstart the campaign. The pair is also extending an invitation to the public, encouraging them to contribute to this noble cause.
The duo has aptly named their project the “People’s Fund of Maui,” with the primary objective of providing immediate financial relief to those affected by the Lahaina and Kula fires.
Adults who have lost their primary residences, whether they were homeowners or renters, are eligible to benefit from this fund. Each eligible individual will receive $1200 per month, ensuring a direct and substantial impact on their lives.
Inspiration and Urgency
Oprah Winfrey shared that the inspiration for this fund stemmed from an article she read about Dolly Parton’s charitable efforts in her community. Both Winfrey and Johnson emphasize the urgency of their initiative, highlighting that the funds will reach those in need swiftly and directly.
The funds will be disbursed on a monthly basis, as long as the community members continue to require assistance and as long as the funds are available. This commitment to sustained support underscores the duo’s dedication to helping their community rebuild.
A key aspect of the People’s Fund of Maui is community empowerment. The fund’s website serves as a platform where individuals can both donate to and apply for assistance.
It is stated on the website that “Residents of Maui should decide what recovery looks like for themselves, their families, and their community.”
Oprah Winfrey echoes this sentiment, emphasizing the importance of empowering people to make decisions about their needs and their family’s needs.